Thank You Breakfast
Please join us on November 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea for muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee. It's our treat to thank volunteers who have worked hard to get Democratic candidates elected. We have moved the breakfast to our usual meeting place, Ashland Coffee & Tea, to seat more people than we were able to seat at Ashcreek. At the Nov. 10 meeting, greet Vangie Williams, our exciting candidate and we hope our next Congresswoman from the First District. Also, meet some of the candidates who are running in 2019. We thank all of you who have canvassed, phone banked, written postcards worked the polls, donated money, attended events, and supported Democratic candidates in any way.
Surviving Donald Trump; Survival begins at home.
Will our Progressive Democratic agenda survive the Trump years? We continue to develop our Blueprint Forward. Two guest speakers lead this discussion. Nancy Frowert, a founder and treasurer of Activate Virginia discussed the Democratic Party's progressive agenda and how we can fight to protect the gains we've made in the last eight years. Frowert was a Sanders delegate to the National Convention and worked to get more progressive provisions in the national platform. Susan Shearouse, one of the founders and chair off Circles Ashland (includes all of Hanover) talked about how we can help some of those who will be most affected in our own community. Shearouse is working with low income Hanover residents to help them achieve financial and educational steps to achieve a sustainable and secure future.
Congressman Wittman, Fund Zika Protection Now!
(Update: Since the petition originated, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported that Republicans added a number of "poison pill" measures to the original $1.1 billion Zika Funding Act approved in the Senate. Those poison pills included cuts to the Affordable Care Act and Ebola research, cutting Planned Parenthood Funding, allowing Confederate Flags to fly at federal cemeteries, easing pesticide regulations, among others designed to make the bill fail. Again, we demand that Congress stop playing politics with Zika funding, that Republicans join Democrats in approving the original $1.1 billion funding request approved by the Senate without the poison pills. Please continue to sign the petition online to let Congressman Wittman know that we are watching and anxiously awaiting adequate Zika funding.)
Members of the Hanover Democratic Committee have petitioned First District Congressman Rob Wittman to vote for full funding to prevent and protect Virginia from the Zika Virus.
Virginia along with other Southern states, is in the bull’s eye for the Zika Virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And according to the CDC, Memorial Day marked the official opening of mosquito season in the Southern states that are likely to be invaded by Zika-carrying mosquitos. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden has begged Congress for full funding of $1.9 billion to fight Zika…but the House balked at the request and was willing to provide less than a third of what Frieden asked.
“You and your colleagues left Washington to go on a 10-day Memorial Day recess without approving full funding to fight Zika. We believe this 10-day vacation was reckless and outrageous in the face of the Zika threat. Now that you and your colleagues are back in Washington, we ask that you support full funding to stop Zika in Virginia and protect the other Southern states,” the petition reads. It noted that the Richmond Times Dispatch says there are already 25 confirmed cases in Virginia and that the number is growing weekly.
“We demand Congress stop playing politics with our lives. We are most concerned about the babies who might be infected with Zika in utero and born with microcephaly; we are also concerned about unknown impacts Zika can have on adults.”
Thirty seven Committee members signed the petition at their meeting on June 11. More are submitting on line petitions to the Congressman. Hanover was recently put into the First District after a three-judge rearranged Virginia’s Congressional Districts to overcome the impact of gerrymandering in Virginia’s third district.
Restoration of Voter Rights: Virginia Was Behind the Times
Kelly Thomasson, the newly appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth, told Hanover Democrats meeting that Virginia has been behind the times in restoring voter rights to felons who have served their sentences, and that in fact, 40 other states automatically restore voter rights to felons once they leave prison. Thomasson was the guest speaker at the June meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee.
College Scholarship: And the winners are....
The Hanover Democratic Committee has awarded its 2016 Melissa Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Memorial Scholarship to two Patrick Henry High School graduates who have distinguished themselves through their involvement in Democratic campaigns or have promoted Democratic efforts. The recipients of the $500 scholarships are Paul Franklin and Josie Riederer, both of Ashland. Franklin worked on the Northam for Lt. Governor campaign and is interning in Office of Restoration of Voter Rights. He will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall. Riederer interned with the Toni Radler House of Delegates campaign and worked to help register young voters at the Winter Jamboree, sponsored by the Hanover Democratic Committee's Black Caucus. Riederer will be attending New York University with her first year of study in Paris.